A network of organisations and individuals engaged in ways of thinking that are alternative to Western universalism
The promotion of paradigms that are alternative to Western universalism has increased in recent years with many new research centres and individuals producing what might loosely be called ‘southern thinking’. This does not imply a consensus of ideas and there are strong regional variations. However, it is underpinned by a broad solidarity by thought challenged by the uneven distribution of intellectual resources.
Southern Perspectives was established to help promote engagement with southern thought in Australia. As a predominantly Northern culture located in the South, we face a challenge to overcome the colonial mentality that prevents full dialogue with other settler colonial cultures.
There have been a number of initiatives towards this over past six years. Southlink is a listing of organisations and individuals. The immediate purpose is to offer a means of connecting with the broad diversity of thought and practice in this area. This will hopefully demonstrate the scale of the field. If you or your organisation would like to be included in this list, please fill out this form.
The logo was designed by David Corbet, curator of South 3.
CLACSO – Latin American Council of Social Sciences
Notices of events and repository of research documents in Spanish and English
El Programa de Estudios Sur Global (Universidad San Martín)
A program of events and research in Buenos Aires featuring leading thinkers across the South
Aboriginal law academic and author of ‘The Land is the Source of the Law’
Curator of South series of exhibitions
Tasmanian Aboriginal scholar
Idea of South
A journey to the Souths of the world
Institute of Post-Colonial Studies
an independent educational institution devoted to understanding postcolonialism and putting it into practice.
Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney, sociologist and author of Southern Theory
Race and Ethnicity in the Global South
Research centre for studying the role of race in colonisation of the South
Settler Colonial Studies
Journal and blog on settler colonial issues
Southern Multilingualisms and Diversities Consortium
A consortium of sociolinguists and applied linguists who work in multilingual contexts around the world and who collaborate with research groups and / or centres with a focus on multilingualism.
A network for promoting exchange of ideas across the South
Dialogue with the South
Ideaz is a non-profit association aiming to provide a bringing-together of academics, intellectuals, and cultural workers from the „South“ and the industrialized countries in the North.
ANPOCS – Associação Nacional de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais
Portal for social science in Brazil
South-South exchange programme for research on the history of development
Essays and books including development of peripheral theory
Instituto de Estudios Avanzados (IDEA)
Latin American research network for social sciences at Universidad de Santiago
Intercultural university with focus on Indigenous knowledge
A project that seeks to to re-think and renovate socio-scientific knowledge by drawing upon “Epistemologies of the South.
An association to encourage diversity of learning across the South
Philosopher of ethics with focus on liberation struggles
CODESRIA – Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Centre for social sciences in Africia
Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism
Centre that aims to be a critical node in the re-territorializing of global intellectual production
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research
Interdisciplinary research institute with focus on South Africa
Dag Hammarskjld Foundation
A foundation to catalyse dialogue and action for a socially and economically just, environmentally sustainable, democratic and peaceful world. I
Global South Network
A network for solidarity with educators and people in the Global South.
Intellectual network for the South
Center for the Global South
A research organisation that seeks to solve pressing issues in the Global South